More aid mounted for famine in Yemen

Norway is among countries vowing to send more humanitarian aid to Yemen, which is facing a famine that’s reaching what some call Biblical proportions. Calls went out on Thursday as well for Saudi Arabia to halt its intevention in the country’s civil war and demand a cease-fire. The Norwegian agreement recently agreed to increase its […]

Norway poised to offer major emergency aid

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende announced late last week that the country will be donating up to NOK 1.6 billion (USD 195 million) in emergency aid over the next three years to Nigeria and the area around Lake Chad. The announcement came after Norway had co-hosted a donor conference for an estimated 11 million people […]

Norway maintains aid to Afghanistan

Foreign Minister Børge Brende says Norway will continue to send around NOK 700 million (USD 87 million) in aid to Afghanistan every year until 2020, but with some strings attached. If the Afghan government fails to hold up its end of the bargain, aid will be cut. It already has been, from NOK 750 million […]

Norway in despair over South Sudan

Just five years after Norwegian officials played a key role in creating the world’s newest nation of South Sudan, they’re in despair as the country sinks into more violence and possible civil war. Foreign Minister Børge Brende was demanding a halt to acts of war on Tuesday, and holding South Sudan’s two rival leaders responsible. Brende, […]

Refugee Council describes horror in Fallujah

The Norwegian Refugee Council has published a compelling appeal for aid for the residents of the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah. The council’s welfare workers are deeply worried about the fate of civilians. They’re caught in the crossfire between the occupying forces of the brutal terrorist group IS and the attacking Iraqi Army, which is backed […]

Refugee aid workers arrested in Greece

Three Norwegian aid workers who’ve been trying to help asylum seekers stuck at the border between Greece and Macedonia were arrested in Greece Wednesday evening, reportedly because they were carrying walkie-talkies into a refugee camp. The Norwegians were among 29 volunteer aid workers seized by Greek police because they allegedly violated rules against such means of communication […]

Ex-UN top comes home to KrF

Norway’s Christian Democrats party (Kristelig Folkeparti, KrF) has a new secretary general: Hilde Frafjord Johnson has moved home after a decade working in top jobs for the UN overseas, and is taking on a new top role in her old political party instead. “KrF is in an exciting phase and in the middle of a […]

Extra funding allocated for foreign aid

Calling 2015 “a dramatic year,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende said Tuesday that another NOK 180 million (USD 21 million) of state funds would be donated to international humanitarian aid. Most of the money was earmarked for refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Extra funding was also being sent for humantarian aid in Afghanistan, Ethiopia […]

Norway hosts new education summit

Foreign Minister Børge Brende has been among members of the Norwegian government promoting education around the world, and was busy welcoming dignitaries to Oslo this week for an education summit. The goal is to find new ways of financing public schools, improving their quality and making sure that girls and victims of crises and conflict […]

Clinton revved up ministry troops

Former US President Bill Clinton was in Oslo this week and delivered a pep talk of sorts to employees of Norway’s foreign ministry, foreign aid administrator NORAD and the local Peace Corps. He thanked them all for their contribution to economic development and social justice far from Norway’s borders. Clinton, addressing hundreds of state workers at […]